The Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum –
a meeting of all the minds in our basin.


Since 2004, the annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum has been a strategic incubator for cross-border research, management collaboration, networking and communication. 

The Foundation leads a partnership of agencies to organize the Forum each year.  Attended each year by upwards of 160 research and resource managers, the Forum is the "hub" for all groups working to ensure the future ecological integrity of the waters of the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin.

cvrProceeedings300wThe pdf Proceeedings Report of the 2018 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum (5.73 MB) is now available.

Lake of the Woods and its watershed went under the microscope at the 2018 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum, March 7-8 at the Rainy River Community College in International Falls, Minnesota. The auditorium was jam-packed with close to 170 researchers, resource managers and policy makers – a record attendance!

Participants reflected a broad range of interests and involvement in the watershed, representing 72 organizations, including local governments, soil and water conservation districts, provincial and state governments, federal governments, U.S. Tribes, Canadian First Nations, the International Joint Commission, industry, non-governmental organizations, universities, undergraduate and graduate students, and citizens interested in the future health of the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed.

The 2018 Forum Forum featured a two-day symposium and an evening poster session, together totalling 35 presentations, covering:

  • Binational updates
  • Ecology - featuring studies from Voyageurs National Park
  • Fish and Fisheries -- stock status and techniques plus updates on sturgeon
  • Paleolimnology, with a 15 year wrap of what we've learned on Lake of the Woods
  • Environment & Climate Change Canada Science on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River
  • Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin South - Research and monitoring in the Minnesota portion of the basin.
  • Invasive species and more!

Click here to view or download pdf 2018 Forum Proceedings Report (5.73 MB) .

Limited travel support may be available to assist postgraduate students to present their research at the Forum, through the Deborah Battigelli Memorial Fund at the Foundation.  Support is typically offered for up to one student per year.  To apply, contact Todd Sellers, Executive Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clare Nelligan, Battigelli Award Recipient 2018Clare Nelligan, PhD. candidate at Queen's University, is the recipient of the 2018 Deborah Battigelli Memorial Award. Presented by the Foundation, this Award provides financial assistance to graduate students to present their research at the annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum.

Clare will deliver the Deborah Battigelli Memorial presentation at the Forum with a talk titled "Long-term trends in dissolved oxygen, nutrients and primary production in embayments of Lake of the Woods that support lake trout".

partnersLThanks to our sponsors for assisting with the 2018 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum. This event would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of the researchers and resource managers and the assistance of the following groups:

  • International Joint Commission
  • Voyageurs National Park
  • Consulate General of Canada - Minneapolis, Global Affairs Canada
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Manitoba Sustainable Development
  • Rainy River Community College
  • Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Dorset Environmental Sciences Centre (Ontario Ministry of Environment & Climate Change)
  • Rainy Lake Conservancy
  • Rainy Lake Property Owners Association
  • Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation

To become a sponsor, please contact Todd Sellers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or toll free 886-370-8891.

The 2018 Kallemeyn Award will be presented on March 7 at the Foundation Reception during the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum, in International Falls, Minnesota.

The Kallemeyn Award is presented annually by the Foundation to an individual who has demonstrated in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed:

  • Outstanding professional achievement in scientific research or resource management.
  • Significant contributions to collaborative and cooperative approaches to research or resource management internationally.

The 2018 Wilson Stewardship Award will be presented on March 7 at the Foundation Reception during the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum, in International Falls, Minnesota.

The Wilson Stewardship Award is presented annually by the Foundation to individuals, groups, or projects that have made significant contributions to environmental stewardship in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed through:

  • Education, outreach, civic engagement and participation in stewardship initiatives or program development.
  • Projects or programs focused on protection, restoration, preservation or reduction of environmental impact and development of sustainable practices.

Proceedings Reports of the annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum are available from 2006 onward, here:  Forum Proceedings